Who Shall Wear the Crown?
Episode 6
The animals mourning the loss of Fox
Episode Information
Series 1
Episode No. 6
UK Airdate 10 February 1993
Written by Valerie Georgeson
Episode Chronology
Preceded by Snare for the Unwary
Succeeded by New Friends, Old Enemies

Who Shall Wear the Crown? is the sixth episode of the first series of The Animals of Farthing Wood. It was originally broadcast in the UK on 10 February 1993.


Shortly after Fox and Badger are swept away by the debris, Badger is spotted tangled in some reeds down the river. Toad, Hare, Hedgehog and Weasel quickly rescue him and help him back to dry land. Toad and Mole go swimming in the river, but Toad spots a pike and they only just escape in time. Meanwhile Kestrel attempts to find Fox and sees him floating down the river on some driftwood, but she loses sight of him as he goes under a bridge. Kestrel tells the other animals of Fox's disappearance and Badger takes on leadership of the party and decides that they should continue their journey.

The animals continue on their way but Toad becomes unsure of which way to go and Owl discovers that they are walking around in circles. She tells them this is because Toad's homing instinct is leading him back to Farthing Wood and suggests that she and Kestrel should scout ahead to help him remember the way. Toad remembers the way and they begin to set off but Badger receives news that there has been a "happy event", meaning that Mrs Fieldmouse has given birth to some baby mice, so the animals look for cover and rest for the night.

Meanwhile Fox is travelling down the river in a small boat and is seen by humans as he arrives at a town.


  • This episode marks the birth and first appearance of the baby fieldmice, and the only appearance of the pike.
  • The first two shots were cut from the "From Copse to Quarry" VHS to overlap from the previous episode, but part of the dialogue from the second shot does overlaps with the previous episode's penultimate shot. The scene where Owl says she should be the leader and the scene with the pike are also cut.
  • This episode is the only one where Fox does not speak.
  • On the "From Copse to Quarry" VHS, the final shot is frozen and then edited with a fade-into-black effect so that it blends more neatly into the next episode.


  • Because of the scenes from this episode and the previous episode being cut, viewers watching the "From Copse to Quarry" VHS would be confused by the scene where Owl is teased by Adder about losing her role of leadership to Badger (which still remained on the video release) and not know what the snake was taking about.
Series and Episodes
Series 1 (1993) • Series 2 (1994) • Series 3 (1995)
Series 1 episodes (1993)
The Wood in DangerThe Journey BeginsThrough Fire and Through WaterFalse HavenSnare for the UnwaryWho Shall Wear the Crown?New Friends, Old EnemiesFriends in NeedWhistler's QuarryBetween Two EvilsA Deathly CalmPandemoniumSo near and yet so far...
Series 2 episodes (1994)
A Heroes' WelcomeWinterSurvivalNew EnemiesA Joke BackfiresHome Is Where the Heart IsThe Feud BeginsLike Father, Like SonNarrow EscapesShadowsA Time of ReckoningBlood Is Thicker Than WaterReconciliation
Series 3 episodes (1995)
Comings and GoingsOut and AboutWater, WaterThe Missing Fox's FriendTiffs and TempersAdventure for the BirdsThe Long-Tailed VisitorScared Silly by SnakesA Bigger OinkThe Mole GameThe Worst Kind of HurricaneHomeward BoundBully-Bully-Bully